She confesses, “in troth , I think I should , and undo when I had done. We say 'lie on her'. He gets roderigo involved because this will get roderigo a step closer to be with desdemona and Iago’s hands will be clean. William Shakespeare, Racism In Othello, Act 4, Scene 3, Lines 88-89 Desdemona’s action is “Good night, great night. Othello Act 3 Scene 4 12. This quote alone foreshadows the action Othello takes to regain his manhood and the unraveling relationships. -Aklimiyya, Brittinee, your post is similar to my post any many ways, but you also opened my eyes to some key points that I did not point out. She might lie by an emperor’s side and / command him tasks.”. In your literary elements I too discussed the effects of dramatic irony, foreshadowing, and a antithesis. While I was reading the book, I did not think twice about the quotes that you picked for your quote analysis section. Also, referring to Othello, Iago says that not all men are fit to lead and not all leaders should be followed. Othello is trying, even after swearing that Desdemona was unfaithful, not to condemn her too harshly. I had rather be a toad, / And live upon the vapors of a dungeon, / Than keep a corner of the thing I love / For others’ uses.” (Act III, Scene 4). Othello Act 4, Scene 3 Summary & Quotes The Willow Song in Othello 6:46 Othello Act 5, Scene 1 Summary & Quotes . In conjunction to iago’s plan , he begins to score points with othello because he deliberately has these man to man conversations with Othello and he constantly uplifts him to help he regain his manhood. "Let the devil and his dam haunt you! . Act 4 Scene 1 Iago: Shakespeare immediately establishes the scene by portraying Iago as taunting Othello. Yet, for necessity of present life, I must show out a flag and sign of love—. Othello Quotes Act 4. “To kiss in private?” “Or to be naked with her friend in bed?”. . In your first quote, I do like that the fact that you also realize how Iago needs to be trying to fix his own marriage with Emilia versus to destroying Desdemona and Othello’s marriage. Desdemona feels that she is in the same situation as Barbary, the maid. The women, Desdemona and Emilia, talk about how they feel about their men and just men in general .The discussion about men represents women opposing views on cheating because Emilia and desdemona experience it different; therefore they have opposing views. The ills we do, their ills instruct us so" (Act IV, Scene III, Lines 83- 100). About “Othello Act 4 Scene 2” Emilia assures the suspicious Othello that Desdemona’s behavior toward Cassio has been completely innocent. He refuses to … All Acts are listed on the Othello text page, or linked to from the bottom of this page.. ACT 4. 3) “And for Cassio, let me be his undertaker. Once the captain becomes drunk, he is drawn into a brawl and attacks Montano, a former Cypriot official, badly wounding him. The song “willow” adds more tragedy to the story because she knows her death is coming, she know how she is going to die, and who is willing to kill her. Othello talks about how he wants her to die but if she dies he would be sad and hurt. The foreshadowing simply tells the audience that something is going to happen in the future not necessarily when or how which leaves them on a constant cliffhanger. Othello falls into a trance of rage, and Iago decides to hammer home his false ideas about his wife. Antithesis- Shakespeare uses an antithesis in act 4. The author place an an thesis here to emphasize Othello’s mixed feelings. The dramatic irony allows for the audience to know what is going on but leaves them feeling helpless to do anything which increases the tension throughout the play. . In this case the “poison” is the lies that iago told him, which he continues to tell him. This was nice to read and review. In this scene, Emilia helps Desdemona get ready for bed. Desdemona even states it herself,”If I court more women you’ll couch with more men”. ( Log Out /  Desdemona was pure and innocent while Othello enacts his racial stereotype. – Iago (IV.i.97) When I hit it, it hurts my hand. "The world's a huge thing. This quote stands out from the rest because iago tells Othello how to be a man and he is not a man himself. This particular quote stood out amongst the rest because this is the first time we hear from Bianca or anybody else that cassio acquaintance himself with in that matter, especially after iago tells everyone that cassio is such a flirt. However, I did not know that men and women could be motifs. Foreshadow- a foreshadow appears when Desdemona is at her breaking point. 1) act 4 made me feel very well entertained. The dramatic irony is that the most jealous indignation is expressed over offenses that did not happen: Othello jealous about his wife; Bianca jealous about Cassio; Iago formerly jealous about Emilia. It is advised to be more dramatic because iago is there in the room with them and discussing it with them. She deliberately responds, ” In troth, I think I should, and undo’t when I had done. #4 “T’is neither here nor there” – Emilia (Act IV, Scene III) "Lie with her? Act 4 is full of dramatic irony and foreshadowing, which slightly gives away what is going to happen in Act 5, but I am not surprised. Emilia is worried about Othello’s strange behaviour and thinks he is behaving jealously towards Desdemona. She feels that there is no hope for her and Othello’s relationship. "I’ll do’t but it dislikes me," Cassio replies. . Notify me of new comments via email. Bianca has not been much of an importance in the last acts, but I see that there is some importance in what she says even though she is a whore. I am not what I am” ― Shakespeare William , Othello. I love how you also pointed out the song willow willow, how it foreshadows and describes Desdemona and Othello’s relationship. "All's one. Desdemona tried to figure out who to blame for all this madness that has came upon her. Her character has never occurred important to me. These subjects were heavy in conversation throughout this act. . After talking out of anger, he reminds himself how much he actually loves desdemona. I was excited to see how the story unfolds. Plot Summary. . . This is important because it is as if she is accepting her death already because she already know what is to come. Throughout act 4 all Iago talks about is how bad Cassio and Desdemona are; he is even amused with his own poor behavior that ruins everybody’s relationship. One can tell that Iago speaks to the “poison” because he encourages it by saying “work on . And by reassurance iago helps him throughout this thinking process. (Othello, Act 5 Scene 2) Iago goads Othello by arguing that it is no crime for a woman to be naked with a man, if nothing happens. On the other hand desdemona thinks the total opposite because she is truly faithful. But according to what Iago has told him, Othello overlooks her as a faithful woman. Heaven me such use send out. The attack is an embarrassment to Othello, who is forced to act quickly to appease the Cypriot officials. It is a great price for such a small vice. Emilia also shows us her feminist side in Act V when she call out the lies of her husband in front of Iago, Othello, and some of the other men. His suggestion is a subtle mutiny aimed at Roderigo. . The sex between men and women are repetitively discussed. Before the castle. What did you mean by that same handkerchief you gave me even now? . Because of Iago lectures , Othello overlooks her faithfulness . Desdemona begins to sing a song that her mother’s maid had sung when she died. It is very detailed. There is no doubt that she loves him but she struggles with his attitude towards her. 1) men Othello Introduction + Context. (4.119.71-77) Emilia knows that cheating is wrong but she figures if iago cheats on her than it is okay for her to cheat, especially if it grasp Iago’s attention and getting whatever he wants. . He is talking with Iago about the handkerchief still, and its significance in being found; but, soon, Iago whips Othello into an even greater fury through mere insinuation, and Othello takes the bait. . Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. . . It was nice to see a blog post that had the same ideas as I did because it meant that I truly understood what was going on in this act. Without the dramatic irony , the reader would not get the full effect of how evil and conniving iago is. Othello Act 4 Scene 3 15. I did learn a new literary element though, which is the antithesis. Desdemona thinks she will do the same as Barbary by sadly singing the song willow until she is depressed and dies. Othello falls in a trance. By calling the poison “my medicine”, it shows how Iago enjoys watching what the poison has done to othello and Iago has taken full ownership of his work. This particular scene was remarkably intense and it had me engaged the entire time; I was hoping that desdemona and Emilia would catch Iago in his lies, but they didn’t. Also it would not make the situation as difficult for the characters to find out who is the one putting the crazy ideas in Othello’s head. There’s millions now . He points out to Roderigo that men cannot follow leaders if they want to lead themselves. Othello's first remark is, "How shall we murder him, Iago?" . (4.118.56) By singing the song “willow” Desdemona accepts the fact that she has cheated along with othello crazy behavior. Both Emilia and Desdemona are put in a situation where they are blamed to be having an affair with someone other than their spouse. It also is the first seed planted in his game of deception. Emilia and Desdemona discuss there womanhood and sexuality. This contrasts with Othello's train of thought in the previous act, where, with less actual evidence before him, he changed his whole view of himself and his marriage. Othello, rather than abandon his suspicions, believes Desdemona is so cunning that she has managed to deceive even her maid. It looks like your browser needs an update. Ed. This is some minx’s token, and I must take out the work?” ( 4.99.146-151). (4.118.56) Because desdemona compares her life to this song , desdemona thinks Othello will leave her for another woman after her so called affair. tags: heart, love. Iago then remarks that if he were to give his wife a handkerchief, it would be hers to do as she wished with it. "I durst, my lord, to wager she is honest, "If you will watch his going thence (which I will, "Every day thou daff'st me with some device, Iago, and rather, as it seems to me now, keep'st from me all conveniency than suppliest me with the least advantage of hope. New York: Clark & Maynard. Our blog post had a lot in common I think. Cyprus. Othello suspects that desdemona’s virtue is just a cover up for her whore-like behavior. ( Log Out /  Even though Emilia and desdemona have different views on cheating , the topic of discussion still remains on men. . The maid was in love. This statement is one of the few moments of honesty between Iago and another character. What Iago actually does is talk to Cassio about Bianca, walking about so that Othello can only hear portions of the discussion. This quote is important because iago gets roderigo to do his dirty work as before in the beginning of the play; The reader has yet heard from roderigo since the beginning of the play. Iago knows what he is doing every step of the way, he has everyone in the palm of his hand and following his direction. Bitter about being passed up for Cassio's post, Iago reveals he serves Othello only to serve himself. Analysis: Othello soliloquizes the curse of marriage when one marries an unfaithful woman. Oh, the world never saw a sweeter creature. She thinks it is some other than iago but the reader knows that it is iago who put those crazy ideas in Othello’s head. Her lover turned out to be wild and he left her . Cassio enters and notices Othello’s state of unconsciousness. I was hoping that it was not predictable as the other acts in the play. . Create a free website or blog at Quotes from Othello How to Pronounce the Names in Othello Iago Character Introduction Othello Character Introduction He continuously lie to people and the audience can see that he is distrusting. It also stands out because this will be one of the final touches of iago’s plan. It is revealed that he has previously warned Roderigo of his daughter, saying “My daughter is not for thee,” (Act One, Scene One), but she takes control.She speaks for herself instead of letting her father speak for her, and she defends her relationship with Othello. He then treats and talks to Desdemona as though she were a whore. Othello and Iago enter in mid-conversation. I like it because it does show how confused Othello is. There overall discussion is about men and whether or not it is okay for them to cheat. Antithesis is shown when othello talks about his conflicting feelings toward Desdemona. Good faith, how foolish are our minds! Roderigo should have went with his own first mind and left the town rather than stay around to do Iago’s dirty work, little does he know. Even Iago bitterness spreads from character to character in the play, causing characters such as othello to act like him. Othello agrees. Desdemona is with a husband who has not only turned verbally abusive but physically as well and still chooses to be with him and give him the benefit of the doubt. The quote adds place for roderigo and his involvement in the play because roderigo has mentioned how iago has pushed him away but this quote gives roderigo something else to do in the play. In the literary devices, your apostrophe that you used, I used the same thing as my quote. She might lie by an emperor’s side. 4)” Ay, let her rot and perish and be damned tonight . Emilia responds in a way that woman are just like men, and will cheat in their husbands if their husbands cheat on them. In conjunctions to iago’s plan, this foreshadows iago’s plan because this proof is what he need in order to move on with his plan. Act 4, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's OTHELLO, with notes, line numbers and search function. I should venture purgatory for’t”. Othello, Act 4, Scene 2 _____ Explanatory Notes for Act 4, Scene 1. 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